Liceu de Artes e Oficios Jacaranda Sofa & Pair of Side Tables Brazil, circa 1950Automaton Vintage Furnishings
Newly imported and restored from a private collector in Brazil, this one of a kind sofa and two matching side tables were created by the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios de São Paulo and encapsulate the quality and innovation of the school's designs.
Founded in 1873, the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios in São Paulo was established in order to lead the Arts & Crafts movement to Brazil. The school provided an education for students where they could learn skills such as carpentry, painting, pottery and design, enabling them to perform as highly skilled craftsmen. The LAOSP became self sufficient and independent when the students began receiving financial support for the work they produced. These pieces, being of such a high standard, were sold throughout Brazil. The students also made items for special projects at prestigious places in Sao Paulo such as hotels, universities and private residences.
The slenderly proportioned frame of this sofa has been newly refinished and is sculpted out of jacaranda (rosewood), which demonstrates a beautiful and varied grain showing much movement and contrast. What appears to be a delicate frame is in fact incredibly strong and supports three seats which can be removed and positioned in a variety of arrangements. These seats have brass brackets on the back which are hooked over the frame to secure them in place. There are also two slim sections of slatted rosewood which can be removed and placed in or around the seats where you can rest a drink or book on. The three seats have been recently upholstered in new old stock from Brazil using a slightly off-white linen which is contrasted by subtle woven strands of a light sandy beige. The backs of these seats are punctuated by the original diamond shaped buttons that came originally with the sofa, also made of jacaranda.
The pair of side tables feature slenderly proportioned frames which have been newly refinished and are also sculpted out of jacaranda (rosewood). The frames of both tables support two slim sections of slatted rosewood which can be removed and placed in a variety of layouts to suit mood and occasion, as demonstrated in the photographs. The tables also feature elegant, conical legs and the joining from the table's stretchers are visible, showing a beautiful diversity in the natural shades of this wood. On the frames of these pieces are the Liceu de Artes e Ofícios stickers, guaranteeing the quality of the pieces. The original tax stamps are also affixed to the sofa and remnants of these stamps can be found on the tables. These stamps denote the amount of tax required to pay for this piece in Brazil when it was originally sold in the 1950s.
Consider pairing this sofa with our Jorge Zalszupin armchairs in cream colored leather and rosewood frames. Also a great pairing would be our Sergio Rodrigues lounge chairs, such as our Tonico armchair that we currently have in stock - contact us for our current stock on other Brazilian modern designs.
Sofa 28.5" H x 98.25" W x 28" D
Seat height 16.75"
Seat depth 21.75"
Side tables 14" H x 25.25" W x 27" D
All pieces are in newly restored condition.